- Great Gateways is a collaborative initiative to enhance gateway courses at UC. The goal is to improve the effectiveness of these courses, reduce DFW rates (drop, fail, withdraw), and increase student success and retention through careful planning, stronger coordination, and strategic investment.
What is "Great Gateways"? Expand
What are gateway courses? Expand
- Gateway courses, taken by the majority of our first-year students, are high-enrollment, required courses that provide foundational knowledge in specific disciplines (e.g., calculus in engineering programs). Gateway courses are often life-changing—they introduce students to the meaning of our community, the path of intellectual pursuit, and draw lasting ties between personal and academic development.
What distinguishes Great Gateways from the former gateway courses? Expand
- Great Gateways will include an integrated system of academic support and evidence-based pedagogical methods. These components (explained in more detail here) rely on solid results in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), as well as successful experiences at UC, such as the engineering bridge summer program.
What are the key components of the Great Gateways project? Expand
When will the project start? Expand
- Planning is already ongoing. The period from summer 2014 to summer 2015 will be used to develop and finalize the project. The goal is to offer the first Great Gateway courses in the fall 2015. See timeline.
Who will benefit from Great Gateways? Expand
- Benefits will be wide-ranging. The main recipients will be first-year students from 2015-2016 onward. The new courses will not only positively impact academic performance but also facilitate personal and social development through the creation of a stronger learning community. The project will also benefit faculty and graduate assistants, who will be able to teach in a more effective environment.
How will Great Gateways be funded? Expand
- To aid in this investment, the Provost’s Office is contributing up to $60,000 of professional development funds, to be made available to those initiatives and proposals that result in the greatest sustainable impact on student learning and retention.
How will Great Gateways improve student success and retention? Expand
- SoTL provides overwhelming evidence of the effectiveness of active and collaborative learning for student progress. It also details the positive impact of supporting strategies such as proactive advising and peer tutoring. The resource page includes links to a selected sample of supporting SoTL.
What pedagogical methods characterize the project? Expand
- Active learning
- Flipped classroom
- Collaborative learning
I am a faculty at UC, will I be involved in Great Gateways? Expand
- All faculty who teach high-enrollment, required entrance courses will be involved in Great Gateways. You can follow the project's development by checking this webpage or by contacting Gigi Meyer Escoe, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs (firstname.lastname@example.org; 513-556-9193).